My husband, John and I will go to an early dinner and a movie. Told him I wanted him to choose the movie and restaurant - "because you are my backbone, you edit my books before they go out to other readers for comments." He looked at me and said, "you know why I want to do something you want to do?" I said, "tell me." He said, "because you are my love" That's enough for a Valentine as far I'm concerned. I remember after my first husband passed away, he was still young, from a massive heart attack when having a pizza or making a special dinner for my children was my celebration of love. It matters not in time and space; holidays are created by the "buy this" or "do that" industry. I would like to say my book, The Sylph's Tale is a perfect Valentine read. A magical tale of discovery and love and even though it's small, it has excellent reviews on Amazon. By the way, if you love to read and would like to check out my books before publication and give me suggestions, please let me know on a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, Book Two - Virgins - will be out May 2018. Marta C Weeks is the author of Immortals - the Series, fantasy paranormal. She also writes speculative fiction and historical fiction., poetry and is a columnist. Marta likes to share with other tips and articles about writing, life, and social issues. She lives in Northern California. About The Sylph's Tale: In prehistoric times, a young girl escapes from a barbarian ritual, only to encounter an angel who rescues her. This mystical being falls in love with her and, together, they modify the culture and habits of her rudimentary society.
Kleinman writes "Once I went on this journey with Woolf I could not return. I was her companion; bringing forth the notion that no one should have to go through such pain alone. She spoke. I listened." Adds, "Woolf's recording; I explored my own trauma memory. It is often hard for me to separate myself from the research, and even harder to write about personal trauma." After disclosing her rape incident, she continues, "Like many survivors of sexual violence, including rape, molestation, and assault, the silence was a way of life. How could I get someone to listen? And if I did, who would believe me if I spoke? Would my rape be real?"
I relate so is it possible for me to do as Kleinman and to even ride the current wave of public disclosure? Do I envy the freedom of those voicing traumas who come out and explore dark times with unknown eyes and voices? Not that my story is worse, just don't feel grounded, I come from a time when whatever happens we brought upon ourselves and if girls/women are in the wrong place or dress provocatively and get raped, it's their fault, etc. Who is to blame? My first monster happened when I was a child, and because the perpetrator was an upstanding professional, it was said I made it up. That set my life pattern so how can I wash my memories in words?
I have written about my darkness and shared in private; someday I might put it out there for anyone to read.
I can attest that this article is right, not just from my very recent experience but also from many who share their woes in writing groups and online. Beware grasshopper, even if you publish via a known publisher you do all the marketing. Some authors I trust told me that for the small of amount of books the first book of my series, The Sylph's Tale, sold they are amazed at the comments on Amazon, only one is by an honest author who read the book. Don't rely on family nor friends; they will not be your fans. Social media is the king of sales. Note: The Sylph's Tale, available at Draft2Digital: https://www.books2read.com/u/mBM76N Book Two, VIRGINS to be published May 2018
“It is obvious that modern humans did not interbreed with hominins living over 500,000 years ago. It is also clear that there was no single 'Adam' and 'Eve' but rather groups of 'Adams and Eves' living side by side and wandering together in our world.”